NGOs urge European Council to keep human rights at the core of EU relations with China

Ahead of the European Council of 29-30 June 2023, Amnesty International and 11 other NGOs urge President of the European Council Charles Michel and EU Heads of State to ensure that human rights remain at the core of a robust and ambitious European Union (EU) approach to relations with the government of China.

This year, our NGOs have voiced our shared, urgent concerns on the deteriorating human rights situation in China with EU and member state decision-makers ahead of the EU-China human rights dialogue in February and the informal Foreign Affairs Council (“Gymnich”) in May.

At a time when the stakes for human rights in China – and for those who defend them – remain high, we remain convinced that a clear, public, ambitious and strategic EU approach to human rights in China can make a crucial difference.